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Our extraordinarily gifted little Desert Flower Lucy

Lucy Kamara-our extraordinarily gifted little Desert Flower
Lucy Kamara-our extraordinarily gifted little Desert Flower

Today, we would like to introduce to you our special little Desert Flower.

Lucy Kamara is five years old and lives together with her parents and two siblings in Newton, Sierra Leone.

She attends the St. Francis Primary School, Newton and is now in class two. According to her teachers, Lucy is an exceptionally gifted girl. They say, she is always faster than her peers when doing given exercises.

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Africa needs a new spirit

Waris Dirie´s speech in front of African presidents and politicians in Nairobi

Waris holding her speech in Nairobi
Waris holding her speech in Nairobi

Ladies and gentlemen,

I thank you for the opportunity to speak at this congress.

I am very proud to be on African soil.

Today, we have met here in Nairobi for a very special occasion:

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“For Mama”

From “Desert Flower” written by Waris Dirie

Little Waris with her mother before FGM ritual in the movie "Desert Flower"
Little Waris with her mother before FGM ritual in the movie "Desert Flower"

I realize that when one travels the road of life, weathering storms, enjoying the sunshine, standing in the eye of many hurricanes, survival is determined only by the strength od one’s will. Therefore I dedicate this book to the woman upon whose shoulders I stand, whose strength is unyielding: my mother, Fattuma Ahmed Aden.

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The first prosecution of FGM in Australia

“Much ado about nothing…”

FGM is a cruel crime agianst innocent girls
FGM is a cruel crime agianst innocent girls

After a teacher in New South Wales had reported to the police a suspicion of FGM committed on two of her pupils complaining about abdominal pains, inspectors intervened swiftly.  

An interview with both sisters revealed that their parents arranged this cruel ritual together with Shabbir Mohammedbhai Vaziri, a circumciser known as KM in the Dawoodi Bohra Shia Muslim community when each of them was seven years old.

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Desert Flower Foundation in Sierra Leone

"Not everyone can flee to Europe"

Wuyatta and her team in Freetown
Wuyatta and her team in Freetown

Interview with Wuyatta Genda

Wuyatta Genda is in charge of the Desert Flower Foundation office in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

DFF: You head the DFF office in Sierra Leone since the start of the “Save a little Desert Flower” project in 2014. How did you join this project?

WG: I have worked for Fr. Peter Konteh who is the president of Caritas in Sierra Leone. He told me about your great Foundation and asked me if I would like to participate in its work here. I agreed immediately, because FGM has to be eradicated in Sierra Leone.

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